Fueling Wildlife Action Plan Implementation in Vermont ~ Securing Necessary Public Funding

Project Description

Build a diverse coalition of fish and wildlife stakeholder groups that works in partnership with citizens, local officials, non-traditional allies, and state legislators to redirect 1/8 of 1% of Vermont’s state sales tax to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department to support timely, comprehensive implementation of the Vermont Wildlife Action Plan.

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: Yes
County: Washington County, VT

Project Sites

  • State of Vermont

Goals and Targets

Primary Motivations:

  • Public Benefit
  • Conservation Mission
  • Financial Incentive
  • Personal Interest

Primary Goals:

  • Allocation of 1/8 of a 1 cent of the state Sales Tax to Vermont's Department of Fish and Wildlife to help implement the State;'s Wildlife Action Plan and otherwise protect the future of our fish and wildlife legacy.
    Progress: Legislative session is ongoing. A dedicated source of funding for Vermont's Department of Fish and Wildlife remains under discussion.

Consistent With Plans:

  • State Wildlife Action Plan

Targeted Habitats:

  • Aquatic
    • Estuarine
    • Lakes and Ponds
    • Marine
    • Rivers and Streams
  • Forests and Woodlands
    • Conifer Forests
    • Deciduous Forests and Woodlands
    • Mixed Hardwoods and Conifer
  • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats
    • Forested or Shrub Wetlands and Swamps
    • Lowland Riparian Forests and Shrublands
    • Marshes, Bogs and Emergent Wetlands

Targeted Species:

No targeted species were identified for this project.

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Other - Species conservation and management: Secure source of state funds specifically dedicated to support the work of Vermont's Department of Fish and Wildlife In Progress 2008 2009

Outcomes

Is the success of this project's actions being monitored? Yes

Monitoring Activities
Our partnership steering committee meets regularly and assess progress in acheiving our goal and related subgoals. Additionally, we are in regular, almost daily contact with our legislative champions, key legislative leadership, grassroots and grasstop partners, and partnership member groups.

Lessons Learned and/or Suggestions for Similar Activities
Progress in any funding campaign that requires legislative action is closely tied to the fiscal health of the state in which the campaign operates. However, contrary to intuition, budgets that are strained due to revenue shortfalls may provide opportunity because of an associated momentum to increase taxes.

Any Additional Information About The Project
The "inside" game is as important as pressure from the "outside" grassroots. Work hard to advance both without compromising contacts and energies within either.

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Wildlife Conservation Society

Managing Organization

Vermont Wildlife Partnership
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Contact Information

George Gay
National Wildlife Federation
Website

General Information

Project #: 1772
Last Updated: January 17, 2011

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